Thursday, July 30, 2009

Behind the (Art) Scenes

Back in the early 1990s in New York City, I worked in an art gallery when I was in grad school going toward my masters degree in art history. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do -- be a dealer; be a curator; be gainfully unemployed (hee hee). While that experience taught me that I did not want to dabble in the commercial aspect of art, it also opened up my eyes to the inner workings of the art world, good and bad.

The folks I worked with were actually all pretty nice, and I got to handle artwork and do research for shows. But, there were the grungy aspects too -- on demand espressos or lunch for the gallery owner and the frosty receptionist, doing research at the library and coming back with stacks of books, working in cramped quarters, etc. Yet, at twenty-something, you take it in stride, and I still had enough energy to go out after work to debrief with my friends over drinks.

This scene is inspired by one of the back rooms at the gallery, which was part office and part kitchen. There was always some setup for catering to a VIP -- I can recall serving coffee or water many times -- and it was also a place for random pieces of art, which often were lying around or propped up on shelves.

This represents one of the first times I have worked with traditional scenes are usually lifeless! :) I bought them in France at Pain D'epices in the bargain basket (less than $8 each). The dame behind the desk is likely the gallery owner who is peeved at something she sees on her laptop; the young lady breathlessly striding in the door carries some books for research. She is keeping her distance to avoid the fire breathing from across the table :)

Credits: Dolls from Pain D'epices; boomerang table is vintage German; gallery owner's chair is Creative Playthings; table lamp, stool, white coffee cups, and colored vases on top shelf are Bozart; small metal side table, funky purple vase, cat and op-art painting, and garbage pail are AG Minis; plant is from Lolly's; console is Paris Renfroe; espresso machine, red clock, and plant stand are Re-ment; microwave is Theo Klein; dishes are from a vintage Topper Toys set (Penny Brite); clear plastic "light" under shelf is actually a vintage Petite Princess table flipped upside down. Accessories are Re-ment and finds from France!

Re-ment: I've written on all the Re-ment in this scene with the exception of the red case next to the laptop. It is from the
Stationary School set #7, and is good for 1:12 as a clutch or case.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


I love the nifty pool-in-a-drawer in the Lundby Stockholm, but have not yet used it in a scene. I recently got a lounge chair so thought I'd give it a whirl. How nice it would be to have quick access to a cool dip and then be able to saunter over for a cup of coffee and a treat in the adjacent sitting area!

Credits: Lounge chair is an eBay find; side table is Petite Princess; boat is from Drap; potted plant, toaster, dress form, and cups and saucers are from Pain D'epices; bookshelf unit and lamp are vintage German; chairs are Reac; table is a marble candle base from TJ Maxx; table sits on a table from the Villa Sibi; kitchen island is also from the Villa Sibi; coffee maker and blender are Lil' Bratz; garbage pail is from Manor House Miniatures; Fallingwater postcard from the Fallingwater gift shop; "wallpaper" behind kitchen island is origami paper; plant outside window is from a rummage sale; bathtub and sink are vintage Lundby; accessories are AG Minis, Ryan's Room, Bozart, Pain D'epices, Manor House Miniatures, Lil Bratz, and Re-ment.

Re-ment: The chocolate dessert on the table is from Special Cakes for Me, #4. It is fine for 1:12 as a large, fancy treat!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Crowded House

Anyone else feel this way? I don't know about you, but it's like a Russian matreshka nesting doll in here -- our house, dollhouses, dollhouses within the dollhouses. I don't like to mention the state of things, and when my DH says, "You know, it would be great to have our living room back..." I smile and back out of whatever room we happen to be in at that moment.

I got some of these 1/144 scale houses from eBay -- two are from vintage kits -- and the other white was purchased in Barcelona. These are pretty traditional -- wouldn't it be great to find modernist mini houses more easily??? I've seen a few homemade ones that look great (right, Oese?), and Mini Modern has a Fallingwater one that is pretty awesome, but it's definitely not the norm.

On another note, I was quite pleased to receive some assorted AG Minis items from eBay. The bed is pretty cool -- sleek and metal. The coat hooks and magazine holder have come in handy! The new wooden asymmetrical side table is Concord Miniatures, and quite neat. Also, I like my new Tech Decks, found on sale at Target!

Credits: Vintage 1/144 houses from eBay; white 1/144 house from Drap; bed, coat hook, floor lamp, and magazine rack are AG Minis; mini dresser at foot of bed is a vintage eBay find; little toy cat is from the store at the Contemporary Art Museum in Barcelona; little toy light is Re-ment; skateboards are Tech Decks; side table is Concord Miniatures; bedside lamp is vintage German; plant is from a rummage sale; retro chair with yellow cushion is vintage Petite Princess; tables for 1/144 houses are from the Villa Sibi; chair under white house, artwork, and glass coffee table are Bozart; Barcelona Chair is Reac; rug is from The House that Jacq Built; accessories from AG Minis, dollhouse store in Paris, and Re-ment.

Re-ment: The sewing kit on the glass coffee table is from the Primary School Stationary set #10 and is good for 1:12. I bought the travel coffee mug and little toy light a la carte from, so I am not sure which sets they come from -- I'll keep checking. In any case, the coffee mug is too large for 1:12, much better for 1:6, and the light is intended as a mini, so it's sized more for 1:24.

UPDATE, 7/29/09: The travel coffee mug is from the Fun Meals # 7 set, Morning Grab N' Go. Still searching for the toy light.

UPDATE, 8/9/09: The toy light is from the Beauty Storage set, #10, Display Shelf.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Home Cookin'

We have come back from our European vacation -- what an adventure. Three kids, one under the age of three. Very interesting! We had a great time, phenomenal weather, saw friends, went to a lovely wedding. And, I made it to a few mini stores! I could only get to one in Barcelona, Drap. The other two were in France. Once was snooty and not worth it, while the other was heaven -- PainD'epices (thanks, Pubdoll!). I went through my monthly mini budget there and bought some nice things and had a great time doing it. I also went to Musee de la Poupee, but their store was closed. The exhibit was 50 years of Barbie; some neat 60s and 70s clothing and accessories there.

This scene was inspired by how nice it is to take a trip, but how much nicer it is to come back home! The kitchen table and cooking unit are vintage Fairline and I love the 70s punch of color.

I recently received some a la carte Re-ment items from Playscale Minis, which is a good resource if you are looking for parts of sets, reasonably priced. I also used some of my European mini finds in the scene, like the potted tulips and sailboat, which are very well made.

In addition to all the cheese and bread we ingested on our trip, lots of delicious coffee was had as well!!

Credits: Table, chairs and cooking unit are vintage Fairline; dishwasher and microwave are Miele; counter and yellow vase are Bozart; espresso maker, toaster, tray, yellow "rug," and blender are Re-ment; white TV stools and TV table are Lundby; TV is from Pain D'epices; orange kitchen shelving is IKEA; plant is vintage TOMY; accessories are Re-ment, Manor House Miniatures, Bozart, Drap, Pain D'epices, and Lolly's.

Re-ment: Blender is from the Puchi Petite Mini Sweets set, #8. It is way too large for 1:12, much better for 1:6. The espresso maker and cups (#2), flowered tray (#3), and toaster, peanut butter, and slice of bread (#6) are all from the Kawaii Kitchen set. The tray is fine for 1:12. The espresso maker is a bit too large for 1:12, but the cups are fine for 1:12. The toaster and peanut butter are also better for 1:6, but the toast is great. The "rug" in front of the sink is actually a table mat from the Tea Time #11 American Kitchen set, and is good for 1:12. The knife by the sink, soy sauce in the cabinet, and polka dot tray on the bottom shelf are all from the Is Dinner Ready? set, #6. All good for 1:12.